"Prime Minister Modi's act of setting the goal of achieving an open defecation free India by Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary was a visionary act. Linking the resolution of India's most important development challenge to the Father of the Nation himself underlines that the Prime Minister believes failure is not an option here.
We at the World Bank are honored to partner with India in support of this national goal. India has shown before, when it successfully eradicated polio, that it is capable of achieving seemingly impossible goals. We believe India can succeed again and the launch of the India Sanitation Coalition is an important step in this regard. The World Bank is one hundred percent committed to India's goal!"